I have a lot of vintage materials in my stash which were bough new from material shops years ago and some that was given to me. Every now and then I use some of them to make things.
My house is filled with older stuff china mostly with some Victorian glassware, 3 working Singer Sewing machines, and of course some lovely furniture. Some of my stuff is antique eg over 100 years old.
I hate to see items lose their true monetary value because someone doesn’t know there real value and makes it into something else that is then sold for less than the original could have been sold for.
I hate to see beautiful expensive antique furniture lose it’s value and be ruined because someone has decided to paint/distress it.
I once when out walking saw someone making a bonfire in their garden and realized they were about to throw some Lord Loom chairs onto it. I quickly called out and offered to buy them.
I think I paid the guy £10 for all four I kept them and used for over a year then sold them for just over £100.
My father in law rescued cabinet from the early 1700’s that was about to go into a skip, simply because the house was being cleared and no one knew how much it was worth. Three years ago after having it appraised he gave it to us as a wedding anniversary present. It’s worth a heck of a lot of money and is insured as such
I have some very pretty Victorian embroidered table linens only thing is some have some rather large stains and/or small holes that I can’t remove. I’m now torn between cutting the table cloths up and re using the undamaged parts. Should I cut them up and make placemats/coaster/napkins with whatever I can salvage or just use them as they are with the stains and tiny holes?
As for Folky well its a site for British handmade by British crafters so really vintage items unless altered by use can’t be sold here. However there are UK sites that do sell unaltered vintage besides Ebay.
I’m thinking of venturing out into vintage at some point as my house can only hold so much stuff
And yes you will see me use some vintage items re purposed here if they are too damaged/spoiled to sell as vintage anymore. In fact I’m creating a patchwork quilt for a customer with vintage materials from a few of 60s skirts/dresses that have been stained or ripped so I’m re using the good parts and binning the stained parts. The customer is so pleased as they were her mothers skirts and dresses.